The biographical film Respect traces the career of music legend Aretha Franklin. It is the directorial debut of Liesl Tommy. In 1952, 10-year-old Aretha Franklin lives with her Baptist pastor father, C. L. Franklin, as well her sisters Erma and Carolyn in Detroit, Michigan. The sudden death of her mother Barbara traumatizes Aretha and, as a result, she is unwilling to speak until her father forces her to sing at church after weeks of silence. Aretha, now a teenager and mother of two in 1959, meets Ted White, a local producer, at a party at her father's house. The two strike up a conversation before being interrupted by C. L., who warns Ted to stay away from his family. Later, C. L. surprises Aretha with tickets to New York for a meeting with Columbia Records executive John Hammond. After being offered a contract, Aretha begins to sing jazz records with Columbia, including "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive."